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we’re feeling ready for the holidays over here! this time of year comes and goes so quickly that it’s nice to get a jump start on festive activities to soak up every minute of it. today we’re talking about gift wrapping techniques with simone and kristen. simone is a trusted resource in los angeles for specialty gift giving and gift boxes and kristen is our go-to floral genius. take it away, ladies!

there are so many different ways to wrap a gift and today we’re focusing on florals and fabric. imagine the look of delight when you pass one of these gifts along to a loved one!

here are kristen’s tips for incorporating florals into your holidays gifts:

• With holiday foliage a little goes a long way. I like to use lots of different greens to create a fragrant holiday gift topper. I make a bouquet of greens and attach it with ribbon to the top of the gift. forging outside is a great and inexpensive way to make this work.

• When adding flowers to a present I use floral glue. Hot glue would also work in a pinch! You just have to be careful to add the flowers right before you are going to present the gift. Use hardy florals like tulips, hyacinth, roses, amaryllis. and avoid flowers that fade fast out of water like peonies. 

• Some of my favorite (and easy to find) holiday greens: pine, spruce, cedar, juniper, holly, fir, and pine cones!

• I have been into strung blooms lately and think stringing hydrangea petals or hyacinth blooms to create a ribbon is a unique way to decorate your holiday gift. Rose petals would work well too!

simone’s insight on wrapping…

Fabric: I love the idea of wrapping packages in your favorite fabrics, or else a fabric you think the gift’s recipient will love. We used one of our favorite HTH linens (which of course can be reusable) a crisply preppy gingham, a beautiful leather. The idea of the wrapping itself being a keepsake piece really adds a nice layer to this.

Tip: When you choose your fabric, make sure the fabric you choose is a bit bigger than the boxes and make sure you have extra for mistakes you might make. Most of the time, tape won’t be strong enough to hold fabric, so you can use a tiny little bit of a glue gun (don’t overdo it for the sake of preserving the fabric). If you’re really ambitious, you can hand stitch it on with a really loose whipstitch, which will produce a relaxed look. Another way to secure the package is to wrap the package in the style of Japanese Furoshiki (directions below) accented with a sprig, or with the with the ribbons you use (more on that below!)

• Lay out your fabric on a flat surface

• Tie two opposite corners together over the package

• Pull across the other two corners to meet together and tie.

Ribbons: this is such a fun accent to add to a gift and it really can take it to another level. Ribbons are a great, easy way to add texture and personality — you can chose a ribbon that’s clean and classic (like the black grosgrain), layer ribbons of differing widths, even string flowers onto sewing thread.

If you use a doubled ribbon, a cool technique is to layer it and use a wider and thinner option for dimension (this is great because, let’s face it, we can never quite decide on just one ribbon!)

We also used a wide silk for the leather wrapped gift which we wrapped around a couple of times. For the fresh flower petals, you just thread a needle and trail it through petals. It’s actually really easy —it just takes a bit of time. Such a beautiful, romantic detail.

Keep in mind that the above are such personal touches. It’s all about play and having fun with it. The wrapping doesn’t need to be perfect, the ribbons can be a bit organic in feel  – push things off to the side! Wrap things a bunch of times and layer them. Have fun with it.

For an added touch of surprise and texture, add non-gift-wrap items to the gift i.e. crystals, bells, foraged pinecones. Think of unexpected elements that work with the color palette, theme, and general vibe of the gift. Bonus: These will act as keepsakes in and of themselves.

The most important thing is the idea of letting go of pristine perfection and instead thinking creative, fun, and festive. You gift recipient will love you all the more for it.

florals by: moon canyon 
gift wrapping by: simone LaBlanc
photos: ivan solis




as you probably know, i am a huge flower and plant fanatic. they just make me so happy. for the designlovefestival, it is going to have a jungle theme (more info soon on it!) so we wanted to do a portrait session where kristen from moon canyon florals (she’s amaaaazing!) and jesse chamberlin (who can’t take a bad photo if she tried) could get creative with your portraits! we will probably only take between 8-10 people so that people can have time to play and get the shots they feel happy with.

UPDATE: SOLD OUT (but we should do more of these!)


we will send you a little questionnaire where you can tell us a bit about your personality, and then kristen will style flowers specifically for you and your portrait session with jesse. this will be a really fun extension to the designlovefestival (it will be the day before, and you will get a sneak preview of the action) and you will get some awesome photos of yourself! (or you can bring your significant other or sibling?!)


or you can bring your little one! jesse is amazing at shooting kids, so that’s a great option too. check out her children’s photos here.


to sign up, here are the details! (ONLY OFFERING 10 SPOTS TOTAL)

where: the moon canyon studio in silver lake 

when: friday, october 23rd

details: this is a portrait session that will be shot by jesse chamberlin with personal floral styling by kristen of moon canyon. once you sign up we will assign you a 20 minute time slot between 11am – 4:00pm on friday. we will ask you to fill out a personal questionnaire that will be used to style your portrait. you will need to arrive 15 minutes before your session as it will start and end exactly on time. 

what you’ll receive: we will send you five large digital files 3 weeks after the shoot that you will be able to use however you’d like. make a poster for your home!

click to SIGN UP HERE FOR SESSION 1 (sometime between 11am-1:30pm)

click to SIGN UP HERE FOR SESSION 2 (sometime between 1:30pm-4:00pm)



i’m excited to bring you another beautiful shoot from bird dog wedding (remember this gorgeous brunch they shared last year?)! they picked the prettiest color story for this 4th of july themed party. the popsicles with edible flowers are the cutest! looking at these photos makes me so ready for summer entertaining…

“As soon as summer rolls around nothing feels better than embracing the idea of outdoor dining and casual backyard get togethers. What better way to celebrate the magic of summer than with a playful 4th of July party!

For this set up we chose to keep it simple with sweet treats, bubbly drinks, and cheerful decor that played off the traditional red, white, and blue color scheme. However, to keep things young and fresh we included pops of citrus, peach, and aqua for an unexpected twist and to brighten up the palette.

No 4th of July party is complete without some pie! Mini pies are set alongside sweet tarts and hand painted cookies in perfect little bit sized portions. And what says summer more than popsicles? Look up a delicious popsicle recipe and add some edible flowers, berries, or herbs into the mix for a fun personalized twist. These are such a crowd pleaser and a perfect way to keep your guests cool. For drinks, we served something sparkling and pink with an assortment of mix and match berries and citrus provided for garnish.

To create a casual backyard vibe offer your friends a few blankets and let them unwind on the lawn. Slip your shoes off, lay back, and enjoy the summer slow down!” – bird dog wedding

thanks again to bird dog for sharing this beautiful story and the great crew of people they collaborated with to make it happen!

concept and creation by: bird dog wedding
photographer: Kristin Kilpatrick
desserts and Popsicles: Green Lily Bakery
vintage Serving Platters: Melody’s Joy
napkins: Leah Duncan
vintage Dresses: The Ivy Retreat
venue: Brentwood Bungalow
model: Kaki Gaines



this is one of those shoots brought to you out of pure inspiration. i got together with two of my friends, floral designer amy merrick (remember this?!) and photographer chantal anderson, to bring to life these gorgeous california inspired still life shots. all three of us are wildly inspired by florals, fruits and this wonderful state, so this is a post dedicated to all of those things. hope you enjoy! here’s amy…

california florals | designlovefest + amy merrick + chantal anderson

As a floral designer and art freak, it’s hard to not feel the pull of classic 17th century dutch master still life paintings as a source of rock solid inspiration. Since I’ve been traveling all through California, I noticed the very same sense of natural bounty that my favorite dutch painters captured also reflected in my beloved Hollywood farmers market, local flower stalls and shell shops. I couldn’t help but pay homage to the painterly still lives of the past by putting through a the rose colored glasses of a Southern California sunset.

california florals | designlovefest + amy merrick + chantal anderson
california florals | designlovefest + amy merrick + chantal anderson

California produce is my ultimate kryptonite as a snowbird New Yorker. Pink lemons, enormous artichokes, blood oranges, papayas, dates- a stop at the year round farmer’s market always astounds me that the most beautiful, delicious things on earth are available for purchase for just a few dollars. I love the idea of setting a big tablescape in your house of produce that celebrates the season. Look for heirloom varieties with variegated or unusual colors.

california florals | designlovefest + amy merrick + chantal anderson

We can’t talk about the natural beauty of California without mentioning her greatest asset of all- 840 glorious miles of Pacific coastline. The ocean is California’s fairy godmother, granting her pink glows every sunset and the best beach towns in America. I have fallen so hard shell collecting as of late, both huddled over tide pools and all out splurges at local shell shops.


It’s hard to imagine that each of these little treasures was once a home, so bring that inspiration back to your place by using shells in a modern way. The dutch masters loved painting shells, so collect a variety and see how well they pair with ocean inspired graphic plants- palms, proteas and papyrus grass.


Flowers run through California like blood in the veins, the year round growing season is impossible to argue with! I created a painterly arrangement full of California’s best- ranunculus, succulent flowers, geranium leaves, kumquats and fritillaria. Spikey wild cucumbers were foraged from a hillside fence in Mt. Washington along with fan palms and bougainvillea.

Using a footed compote vase (like this one I designed in collaboration with West Elm) really amps up the old world drama, but using bright colors and a wild, asymmetrical shape keeps the whole effect throughly modern. - Amy Merrick

florals by: amy merrick - see our last collab here!
photos by: chantal anderson
model: siri thorson



women and whiskies invited me and my good friend victoria to host a girl’s valentine’s day party in my studio and it was SUCH a blast. my favorite girls, whiskey cocktails, pretty flowers, food, and dancing made for the perfect evening. i really love the concept of women and whiskies which is to support women and their consumption and education of whiskey. it has notoriously been a “men’s drink” and they want to switch that by empowering the ladies with knowledge so that we’re comfortable tasting, talking and buying the spirit on our own. kudos to that!

we sampled all of their whiskey brands (wild turkey , forty creek, russell’s reserve and glen grant) and mixed up four different cocktails (you can find the recipes, here.) that were all delicious and did the trick!

we had the best time putting this party together and i got to work with some of favorite vendors to completely transform my studio. found rentals really pulled out all of the stops and outfitted the studio with the most beautiful array of vintage rugs and furniture. it was basically girl heaven. i created a “drink pretty” vinyl wall decal and had it printed for over the couch. it really grounded the space and made it easy for me to show people what the hashtag for the party was!

moon canyon made an outrageous centerpiece and the prettiest hanging wall installation as the perfect backdrop to the bar. kristen is such a gem.


and heirloom la absolutely killed it with their color appropriate food for the occasion and impressive setup. have you ever seen prettier deviled eggs? we had a ton of finger foods for everyone to snack on the whole evening.



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